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Eldera CEO Dana Griffin and the Untapped Wisdom of the Elderly

Dana Griffin is the Co-Founder and CEO of Eldera, an innovative platform dedicated to bridging the gap between generations.

Dana joins Leadership NOW where Dan delves into her journey, the inspiration behind Eldera, and her vision for a future where the wisdom of elders is recognized as a valuable resource for societal growth and intergenerational solidarity.

Dana, originally from the picturesque Transylvania region of Romania, has carved a unique path in the world of tech and social impact. With a rich background as a data and advertising executive, she shifted her focus towards the age-tech industry, driven by a deep-seated belief in the untapped wisdom of older adults.

Eldera is a testament to this belief, creating a global intergenerational mentoring program that connects elders with the younger generation, facilitating not just the sharing of knowledge, but also fostering enduring relationships.

Dana’s work is grounded in her own experiences, having been raised by her grandparents and continually inspired by elder mentors throughout her life. An Encore Gen2Gen Innovator Fellow, Dana is not just a business leader but a thought leader, advocating for the principled use of AI for innovation and social good.

She has been recognized as a ’40 under 40′ change-maker by AdAge and holds multiple trademarks and patents focused on aging and wisdom. Dana’s interests extend beyond her professional pursuits, exploring the realms of human consciousness and well-being.

Visit www.eldera.ai for more information about Dana and Eldera.


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Leaders Need To Embrace Digital Wellness with Amy Blankson

Amy Blankson is a happiness expert, the Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist of the Digital Wellness Institute, and the author of several bestselling books, including “The Future of Happiness.”

Amy joins Dan Pontefract on Leadership NOW for a deep-dive discussion on a host of issues and topics related to digital wellness.

Amy is on a mission to help us create a more positive world that prioritizes Digital Flourishing—that sweet spot where productivity, health, and happiness meet. By harnessing a simple, research-backed framework, Amy and her team help reimagine digital well-being so people can thrive.

As a member of the UN Global Happiness Council and a fellow of the World Innovation Organization, Amy actively engages in initiatives aimed at promoting happiness as a core value in society.

Her work has been featured in prominent media outlets such as PBS, The New York Times, Forbes, and The Huffington Post. Amy is the only person to have ever received a Point of Light Award from two U.S. Presidents and has over 15 years of experience leading teams in how to convert stress into joy.

With degrees from Harvard and Yale, Amy is being continually recognized for her pioneering contributions to the study of positive psychology and its application in the digital age.

More about Amy and the Digital Wellness Institute at https://www.digitalwellnessinstitute.com/ 


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Ilya Kneppelhout and The Offline Club’s Quest Against Digital Overload

Ilya Kneppelhout co-founded The Offline Club as a response to our increasingly digital world.

In this episode of “Leadership NOW,” we explore the club’s origins, digital intoxication, loneliness, and how It aims to “inspire people to swap screen time for real-time, today and tomorrow.”

Located in Amsterdam, The Offline Club offers a space where members can disconnect from their digital devices and reconnect with the real world. The idea is to provide a tech-free sanctuary where individuals can enjoy genuine conversations and immerse themselves in the moment reminiscent of the pre-digital era of the ’90s.

The club’s core principle is mandatory disconnection from online devices, fostering an environment for genuine human interaction. Ilya’s vision extends beyond individual well-being to inspire a global movement towards offline engagement, aiming to facilitate a worldwide “reconnection” with others and oneself.

More about Ilya and The Offline Club at their site: https://bento.me/theofflineclub 


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Shaping Strategy for Lasting Legacy with Alex Brueckmann

Alex Brueckmann is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of “The Strategy Legacy,” and “Secrets of Next Level Entrepreneurs.” He is the founder and president of Brueckmann Executive Consulting based in Vancouver, Canada.

In this episode of Leadership NOW, Alex and Dan discuss the nine core elements of organizational identity from his book “The Strategy Legacy.”

Alex has impacted thousands of leaders worldwide. His clients include high-growth start-ups and Fortune 500 executive teams. He holds degrees and certificates in management, leadership, and strategy from EBS University, INSEAD, and Harvard Business School.

More about Alex Brueckmann at: https://brueckmann.ca/

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Eddie Turner is Changing the Face of Leadership

Eddie Turner is an in-demand, Harvard-trained leadership development expert who works with leaders to “Accelerate Performance and Drive Impact!”® He is “Changing the Face of Leadership” and helping to create “Better Workplaces and a Better World”™ as a Principal Consultant and Executive Coach at Linkage, a SHRM company.

Eddie joins Dan Pontefract on this episode of “Leadership NOW” to discuss his book “140 Simple Messages to Guide Emerging Leaders” and all things under the leadership sun.

Eddie has significant experience driving digital transformation, systems integration, and developing leaders at all organizational levels. This includes major corporations like Pepsi, Deloitte, GE, Dell, Apple, the NFL, and the WNBA, among others.

Eddie is one of the Top 25 Thought Leaders in Leadership by Thinkers 360, the Power List of the Top 200 Biggest Voices in Leadership by leadersHum, and one of the Top 25 Mentors on the Globe by the International Federation of Learning and Development. Eddie has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fox News, PBS, NPR, and ABC.

Eddie studied leadership and organizational behavior at Northwestern University, earning a Bachelor of Science. He also holds an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School.

More about Eddie over here: https://eddieturnerllc.com/why-eddie/ 


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Campfire Lessons for Leaders with Tony Martignetti

Tony Martignetti is a trusted advisor, leadership coach, facilitator, best-selling author, podcast host, and speaker. He combines over 25 years of business and leadership experience with extreme curiosity to elevate leaders and equip them with the tools to navigate change and unlock their true potential.

In this episode of Leadership NOW with Dan Pontefract, Tony sits down with Dan to discuss his new book, “Campfire Lessons for Leaders: How Uncovering Our Past Can Propel Us Forward.”

Before becoming the founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of Inspired Purpose Partners, Tony was a finance and strategy executive with experience working with some of the leading life sciences companies. Along his journey, he also managed small businesses and ran a financial consulting company.

Tony hosts The Virtual Campfire podcast and is the author of “Climbing the Right Mountain: Navigating the Journey to An Inspired Life.” He has been featured in many publications, including Fast Company, Forbes, Life Science Leader, and CEO Today. Thinkers360 has recognized him as one of the Top Voices in Leadership and by LeadersHum as one of the Biggest Voices in Leadership.

Visit him at https://www.ipurposepartners.com/book

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Questions Are The Answer with Inqli CEO Rebecca Kirstein Resch

In this episode of Leadership NOW, Rebecca sits down with Dan to discuss a whitepaper she co-authored with Dana Fulwiler Volk titled “Questions Are The Answer.” It’s a deep-dive look at improving business impact and employee well-being by democratizing access to knowledge with purposeful tech.

Rebecca has worked alongside world-renowned educators, researchers, and technologists as she’s followed the thread of human growth and development from the classroom to the workplace, and back again in search of transformational systemic change. One of her career highlights was sharing the stage with her hero and most-watched TED speaker in history, Sir Ken Robinson.

You can read the white paper here: www.inqli.com/reports/questions-are-the-answer


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Issues and Answers Around Gender Equity in Leadership with Author and CEO Jennifer McCollum

Jennifer McCollum is an acclaimed speaker, consultant, coach, and author of the fab book “In Her Own Voice: A Woman’s Rise to CEO.” It’s the focus of her book, where Dan and Jennifer discuss several different facets of importance regarding gender equity and gender-related issues.

With two decades of experience leading and building businesses in the leadership space, her expertise includes how to close the gap to gender equity, why the most effective leaders are inclusive leaders, and how to demystify inclusion for leaders and organizations. She has delivered workshops, keynotes, webinars, and podcasts to thousands of leaders globally on live and virtual stages.

Jennifer is also the CEO of Linkage, a SHRM company, where she oversaw the strategic direction and global operations of this global leadership development firm. Linkage has been consistently ranked as a top 20 training company worldwide, providing assessments, training, coaching, consulting, and conferences. Prior to Linkage, Jennifer spent 10 years in Atlanta working for The Coca-Cola Company. She also spent a decade growing businesses within Korn Ferry and the Corporate Executive Board (CEB), now Gartner.

At CEB, she led product management within the leadership division, driving innovative solutions that helped organizations select, develop, and place leaders at all levels. She also ran CEB’s Leadership Academies business, which developed more than 30,000 professionals in 2,100 companies throughout 50 countries. Previously, Jennifer served as CEO of IntraVision, a leadership consultancy she founded and grew over the course of 8 years. She worked with public companies, start-ups, associations, and nonprofits. Her passion is creating vision, executing strategy, and managing cohesive teams toward aspirational goals, with a special focus on supporting women in leadership roles.

More about Jennifer’s book “In Her Own Voice” at www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/73127…r-mccollum/

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Charting Leadership in Economic Flux: Beyond Predictions with Todd Hirsch

Todd Hirsch is the “modern economist.” In this episode of “Leadership NOW,” he delves into the challenges of economic forecasting in today’s unpredictable global environment. He discusses the limitations of traditional methods in accurately predicting economic trends amidst frequent, unforeseen ‘black swan’ events.

Todd advocates for a shift from prediction to preparation, emphasizing the importance of adaptability and readiness for various potential outcomes. Our conversation further explores the impact of geopolitical events and environmental crises on the economy.

Todd highlights how incidents like Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and severe weather events directly affect economic conditions worldwide. He also addresses the erosion of public trust in economic expertise, noting the growing skepticism towards expert advice, especially during periods of economic uncertainty. Throughout the dialogue, Todd’s insights illuminate the interconnected nature of global events and economics, stressing the need for leaders to be cognizant of a wide range of external factors that can abruptly shift economic landscapes.

For more than 25 years, Todd worked as an economist for such renowned institutes as ATB Financial, the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canada West Foundation, and the Bank of Canada. Having had a front-row seat to the key issues and trends impacting and transforming our world, Hirsch delivers dynamic, clear-eyed talks on the economy, adaptability, and creativity. Hirsch served as the vice president and chief economist for ATB Financial for over 15 years. He also previously taught economics at the University of Calgary and for the executive education program at the University of Alberta.

In recognition of his work, Hirsch has received the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum (2022) and Diamond (2012) Jubilee Medals, the University of Alberta’s Alumni Honour Award, and an honorary degree from Mount Royal University. The author of four books, Hirsch’s latest, Spiders in COVID Space: Adapting During and After the Pandemic, captures the inspiring and compelling stories of businesses and not-for-profits that reinvented themselves during the pandemic. He is currently the Director of the Energy Transition Centre at Innovate Calgary.

Visit him at www.toddhirsch.com

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Head and Heart: Navigating the Dichotomy of Modern Leadership with Dr. Kirstin Ferguson

Join me in a captivating episode of “Leadership NOW” as I sit down with Dr. Kirstin Ferguson as she unveils the nuances of modern leadership.

An expert with a diverse background, including roles in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Royal Australian Air Force, Dr. Ferguson challenges traditional leadership models in her book, ‘Head & Heart: The Art of Modern Leadership.’ She advocates for a more inclusive leadership definition, emphasizing that true leadership is about influencing change beyond formal titles. Dr. Ferguson introduces a balanced model that blends intellectual and emotional intelligence, essential for today’s leaders. The conversation also explores her approach to democratizing leadership, encouraging every team member to embrace their leadership potential, thereby transforming organizational cultures. Dr. Ferguson’s insights inspire a rethinking of leadership, highlighting its dynamic nature in our contemporary world.

Dr. Kirstin Ferguson is one of the world’s most recognised leadership experts. The winner of the international Thinkers50 Distinguished Award for Leadership, she is also ranked in the top 50 thinkers in the world. Kirstin researches, writes, speaks and advises major international brands on what it means to be a modern leader, and how to build modern leadership cultures.

Kirstin’s career includes three decades of senior leadership experience including a previous appointment by the Australian Prime Minister as Acting Chair and Deputy Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.Kirstin was recognised as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2023 for her significant contributions to business, and gender equality.

Kirstin has previously been the CEO of a global consulting firm, was a senior executive at a leading corporate law firm and spent nearly 10 years as an Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, including at a fighter jet squadron. Kirstin’s second book, Head & Heart: The Art of Modern Leadership, debuted in the top 10 non-fiction bestseller list on release, and was named as one of the top 10 best new management books in the world in 2023. It was also awarded the Royal Society of Awards Career Book Award in 2023. Kirstin holds a PhD in leadership and culture as well as Honours degrees in Law, and also History.

She is an Adjunct Professor at the QUT Business School and a Sir Winston Churchill Fellow.

Visit https://www.kirstinferguson.com/meet-kirstin/ for more details.


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Innovate or Stagnate: Lessons from Steve Blank on Future-Proofing Your Business

Step into a world where innovation meets execution in the latest episode of Leadership NOW with my guest Steve Blank, the architect behind the Lean Startup revolution. We’re dissecting the nuances of what it takes to blend day-to-day operations with the art of innovation, unearthing insights from the startup sphere that big businesses need to hear, and unpacking the transformative role of leadership in an ever-evolving business environment.

This isn’t just a chat; it’s an expedition into the heart of entrepreneurial thinking. Tune in for this enriching dialogue and explore more in the accompanying Forbes article, where we delve deeper into the strategies shaping the future of leadership. It’s an episode filled with thought-provoking ideas and actionable wisdom you won’t want to miss.

Steve Blank is a founding member at the Gordian Knot Center, an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University, and Senior Fellow for Innovation at Columbia University. Steve consults for the National Security establishment on innovation methods, processes, policies, and doctrine. He created the curriculum for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps. At Stanford he co-created the Department of Defense Hacking for Defense and Department of State Hacking for Diplomacy curriculums.

Steve arrived in Silicon Valley in 1978, at the very beginning of the startup boom, founded or was part of eight ventures. His book The Four Steps to the Epiphany is credited with launching the Lean Startup movement and which touted the principle that startups must operate differently from big companies to be successful.

His follow-on book The Startup Owner’s Manual described a process for turning ideas into scale and his Harvard Business Review cover story redefined how large organizations can innovate at speed.

In sum, Steve has changed how startups are built; how entrepreneurship is taught; how science is commercialized, and how companies and the government innovate. He has been described as the Father of Modern Entrepreneurship.

Find out more about Steve at www.steveblank.com

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Pioneering the Pulse of Modern Business Models with Alex Osterwalder

Dr. Alexander (Alex) Osterwalder, founder & CEO of Strategyzer, is one of the world’s most influential strategy and innovation experts. A leading author, entrepreneur, and in-demand speaker, his work has changed the way established companies do business and how new ventures get started.

In this episode of Leadership NOW with Dan Pontefract, Alex lays out his nfluential ideas on modern business models, emphasizing the need for innovative strategies and a shift away from traditional business thinking.

Continuously ranked in the top 50 management thinkers worldwide by Thinkers50 and a visiting professor at IMD, Osterwalder is known for simplifying the strategy development process and turning complex concepts into digestible visual models.

Together with Yves Pigneur, he invented the Business Model Canvas, Value Proposition Canvas, and Business Portfolio Map – practical tools that are trusted by millions of business practitioners from leading global companies, including Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Mastercard, Sony, Fujitsu, 3M, Intel, Roche, Colgate-Palmolive, and many more.

Strategyzer is an innovation powerhouse, providing online courses, applications, and technology-enabled services to help organizations effectively and systematically manage strategy, growth, and transformation. Osterwalder’s books include the international bestseller «Business Model Generation», «Value Proposition Design», «Testing Business Ideas», «High-Impact Tools for Teams» and «The Invincible Company,»

A frequent and popular keynote speaker, Osterwalder travels the world discussing his ideas and strategies at Fortune 500 companies, premiere innovation conferences, and leading universities. He holds a doctorate from HEC Lausanne/Switzerland and is a founding member of The Constellation, a global not-for-profit organization connecting local responses to global issues around the world.

More about Alex and his work over here.

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Navigating Leadership in a World of Change: Insights from Liz Wiseman

Liz Wiseman is a researcher and executive advisor who teaches leadership to top organizations worldwide. She wrote the New York Times bestsellers Multipliers, The Multiplier Effect, and Wall Street Journal bestsellers Rookie Smarts and Impact Players.

In this episode of Leadership NOW with Dan Pontefract, Liz shares several leadership tips and insights based on her books and research. It is a sprightly and deeply informative discussion.

Liz is the CEO of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. Some of her recent clients include Apple, AT&T, Disney, Meta, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Salesforce, Tesla, and X. Liz has received the top achievement award for leadership from Thinkers50. She has also been consistently named one of the world’s leading 50 management thinkers in its bi-annual ranking.

Liz has conducted significant research in leadership and talent development. She writes for Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and various other business and leadership journals and is a frequent guest lecturer at Brigham Young University and Stanford University. She is a former executive at Oracle, where she worked as the Vice President of Oracle University and the global leader for Human Resource Development. Liz holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s in organizational behaviour from Brigham Young University.

More about Liz and her work at her site. 

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Dan Pontefract Interviews Dan Pontefract. Wait. What?!? (A Special Episode of Leadership NOW)

Dan Pontefract is the host of Leadership NOW. Sure. But he’s also an award-winning author. His latest book, “Work-Life Bloom: How to Nurture a Team That Flourishes” shakes up corporate culture by tackling sacred cows like employee engagement, work-life balance, and ‘bring your best selves to work.

So, Dan decided to interview Dan about the book. Check out this special episode of Leadership NOW where Dan asks Dan the following questions, aided by the help of ChatGPT, the AI tool that digested the book and surfaced five very unique questions to ask Dan:

Challenging Conventional Wisdom: “Dan, ‘Work-Life Bloom’ seems to challenge the traditional notion of work-life balance and employee engagement. What common myths or misconceptions about both of these concepts are you aiming to debunk with this book?”

Critique of Corporate Culture: “In your experience and research, where do most organizations fall short in fostering a culture that truly supports its team members? Can you give an example of a particularly toxic trend you’ve observed?”

Personal Sacrifices for Success: “Have you ever found yourself sacrificing personal happiness or well-being for career success? How did these experiences shape your perspective in ‘Work-Life Bloom’?” • The Dark Side of Leadership: “You’ve seen various leadership styles throughout your career. What are some of the darker aspects of leadership that can affect the workplace, and how does your book address these?”

Controversial Advice: “Is there any advice in ‘Work-Life Bloom’ that you think might be controversial or counterintuitive to traditional business thinking? Why did you choose to include it?”

The Pandemic’s Impact: “How has the pandemic altered your views on the concepts of work and life? Does ‘Work-Life Bloom’ tackle any uncomfortable truths that the pandemic has exposed in the workplace?”

Future Predictions and Warnings: “Looking ahead, what are some potential pitfalls or dangers you foresee if companies and leaders fail to embrace the principles of Work-Life Bloom?”

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INSEAD’s Gianpiero Petriglieri – Leadership is an Art

Gianpiero Petriglieri is Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. His award-winning research and teaching focus on what it means, and what it takes, to become a leader. He is particularly concerned with leading well in the age of “nomadic professionalism,” in which people have deep bonds to work but loose affiliations to organisations.

In this conversation with Dan Pontefract on Leadership NOW, Gianpiero discusses at length the need (and wish) for leadership to be an art.
Building on two decades of experience studying and working with executives and companies around the world, he has refined a unique approach to experiential leadership development that aims to deepen and accelerate the development of individual leaders, as well as to broaden and strengthen leadership communities within and across organisations.

At INSEAD, Gianpiero directs the Management Acceleration Programme, the school’s flagship executive programme for emerging leaders, and chairs the initiative for Learning innovation and Teaching Excellence. He also designs and directs customized leadership development programmes for multinationals in a variety of industries. He speaks widely on how to develop and exercise leadership in fast-changing, uncertain, and diverse workplaces.

Gianpiero has chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on new models of leadership and has been named one of the 50 most influential management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50. He has held Visiting Professor positions at the Harvard Business School, and at Copenhagen Business School.

Prior to joining INSEAD, he contributed to executive programs and to the MBA at IMD and trained as a medical doctor and psychiatrist.

More about Gianpiero at https://gpetriglieri.com/ including his essays, research, and other wonderful goodies.

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Creating a Speak-Up Culture with Stephen Shedletzky

Stephen “Shed” Shedletzky — or “Shed” to his friends — helps leaders make it safe and worth it for people to speak up. He supports humble leaders — those who know they are both a part of the problems they experience and the solutions they can create — as they put their people and purpose first.

A sought-after speaker, coach, and advisor, Shed has led hundreds of keynote presentations, workshops, and leadership development programs around the world. As a thought leader on psychological safety in the workplace, he supports leaders and organizations in all industries where human beings work. He is the author of Speak-Up Culture: When Leaders Truly Listen, People Step Up (October 2023).

After years on a corporate track, Shed was introduced to and inspired by the work of Simon Sinek and, soon after meeting him, became the fourth person to join his team. For more than a decade, Shed has contributed at Simon Sinek, Inc., where, as Chief of Staff and Head of Brand Experience, Training & Development, he headed a global team of speakers and facilitators. Shed continues to speak and facilitate with Simon Sinek helping to create a more inspired, safe, and fulfilled world.

Shed graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business with a focus on leadership, communication, and strategy. He also received his coaching certification from The Co-Active Training Institute. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two young children.

More about Stephen and Speak-Up Culture at https://www.shedinspires.com/SUCB

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Build a Better Business Book with Josh Bernoff

Josh Bernoff is an expert on how business books can propel thinkers to prominence. Book projects on which he collaborated have generated more than $20 million for their authors.

Josh’s most recent book is “Build a Better Business Book: How to Plan, Write, and Promote a Book That Matters.” He is also the author of “Writing Without Bullshit: Boost Your Career by Saying What You Mean” and the co-author of “Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies.” He has authored, coauthored, or ghostwritten an additional eight business books.

Josh works closely with nonfiction authors as an advisor, coach, editor, or ghostwriter. He has collaborated on more than 45 nonfiction books.

He was formerly Senior Vice President, Idea Development at Forrester, where he spent 20 years analyzing technology and business. Prior to Forrester, Josh spent 14 years in start-up companies in the Boston area.

Josh has a mathematics degree from The Pennsylvania State University and studied mathematics in the Ph.D. program at MIT. He lives with his wife, an artist, in Portland, Maine.

More about Josh and his new book at https://bernoff.com/books

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Chester Elton and How Developing Your People Is A Good Thing

Chester Elton has spent two decades helping some of the world’s most successful businesses engage their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. He joins Dan Pontefract on Leadership NOW and shares his insights on the current state of leadership and culture.

Dubbed the “Apostle of Appreciation” by Canada’s Globe and Mail, “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, and a “must read for modern managers” by CNN. Elton is co-author of multiple award-winning New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling leadership books including All In, The Carrot Principle, The Best Team Wins, and Anxiety at Work. His books have been translated in more than 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide.

Elton has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, CBS 60 Minutes, and is often quoted in Fast Company, Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal. He is a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s #MG100 Global Coaches, member of Fast Company Impact Council, and he serves as a board member for Camp Corral, a non-profit for the children of wounded and fallen military heroes.

Elton also serves as a leadership consultant to firms such as American Express, AT&T, Avis Budget Group, and Procter & Gamble. And, of course, he is the co-founder of the Culture Works with partner Adrian Gostick. For more than 20 years, The Culture Works® has helped organizations of all sizes create workplaces where employees are engaged, enabled, and energized through their books, speaking, coaching, and courses that focus on the employee experience.

More about Chester Elton at chesterelton.com/

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Michael Bungay Stanier and How to Work with (Almost) Anyone

Leadership NOW with Dan Pontefract is pleased to invite Michael Bungay Stanier – MBS – but not that MBS – back to the show, the first two-time guest.

Michael helps people know they’re awesome and they’re doing great. He’s perhaps best known for his book “The Coaching Habit,” which is the best-selling book on coaching this century.

His recent books include “How to Begin,” which helps people find the clarity and courage to start something thrilling, important and daunting; and “The Advice Trap” – tame your inner Advice Monster so you can be more coach-like.

MBS drops by the show to discuss his latest book, “How to Work with (Almost) Anyone,” which pretty much does what it says on the label.

But wait, there’s more. Michael founded Box of Crayons in 2002, a learning and development company that has trained hundreds of thousands of managers to be more coach-like in organizations from Microsoft to Gucci.

He left Australia about 30 years ago to be a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University … where, as he claims, his only significant achievement was falling in love with a Canadian … which is why he now lives in Toronto.

More about MBS and his new book at http://www.bestpossiblerelationship.com

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Having the Courage to Leap and to Lead with Master Coach CB Bowman

CB Bowman: Known as the Courage Consultant, CB is the host of the very popular “Courage: To Leap & Lead” podcast, and is the CEO of the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches. CB is a global “Certified Master Corporate Executive Coach” with experience working in marketing, coaching, and branding.

CB join Leadership NOW with Dan Pontefract to discuss her latest book, “Courage: to Leap and to Lead.”

CB strongly believes that master-level corporate executive coaches have to be “enterprise-wide business partners™” with their clients, yes, full of courage. She is formerly head of branding for ready-to-eat cereals for General Foods.

She was responsible for the visual impact of Post Cereals for iconic brands such as Honey Bunches of Oats, Golden Crisps, and Pebbles. CB was also responsible for their classic brands including Post Shredded Wheat, Grape Nuts, Shake N’ Bake and Raisin Bran, and won several awards for product marketing and branding.

Named one of the Power List of the Top 200 Biggest Voices in Leadership by Leadershum; Top 50 coaches in the world by Thinkers50; and Global Gurus also named her as one of the top 15 experts in branding.

More about CB Bowman at https://courage-consulting.com/

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How to ‘Work Here Now’ with Melissa Swift of Mercer

As Transformation Leader at Mercer US and Canada, Melissa Swift is responsible for workforce transformation, HR transformation, HR digitization, DEI, and workforce analytics.

Melissa drops by Leadership NOW with Dan Pontefract to discuss her latest book, “Work Here Now: Think Like a Human and Build a Powerhouse Workplace.”

As a recognized thought leader on the subject of the future of work post-covid, Melissa has been quoted on the subject in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Economist, The Washington Post, Axios, and The Daily Mail, and has appeared on NPR and Al-Jazeera English.

Earlier in her career, Swift helped build businesses in the ESG transformation space, including launching the Sustainability Services and Cleantech practices at Deloitte, and conducting two landmark carbon credit derivatives trades at Deutsche Bank.

Her latest book, “Work Here Now,” explores different ways to improve the growth-impeding, borderline inhumane people management practices we’ve created and endured over time. The book contains the following: 50 strategies to create a powerhouse workplace at organizational level 50 strategies to create a powerhouse workplace at team level A simple framework to help you make people-centered decisions

More about Melissa Swift and Mercer at https://www.mercer.com/solutions/transformation/

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Shell’s Rahul Malhotra and the Power of Purpose

In his nearly 27-year career with Procter & Gamble and Shell, Rahul Malhotra has led several multi-billion dollar, global businesses as P&L head, and helped lead several global brands.

Rahul is currently the Global Head of Brand Strategy and Stewardship for the Shell Group, managing strategy and operations for a brand valued at US $50 billion. Under his leadership and tenure, Shell’s brand value has grown by over +67% in the last 6 years. He is a recognized expert on defining and embedding Purpose into organizations.

It’s exactly why Rahul dropped by the Leadership NOW program — to chat about all things related to purpose, including insights into Shell’s implementation of organizational purpose.

Rahul is a permanent resident of Singapore and active in the community, offering expertise to various organizations. One of his passions and expertise areas is to inspire organizations and young leaders in the private sector to be more purpose driven, leveraging their skills and resources to make a real difference to the people and ecology of the planet.

More about Shell at www.shell.com

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Warwick Business School’s Christian Stadler on Strategy

Christian Stadler is a Professor in Strategic Management at Warwick Business School. Prior to, he was at University of Bath School of Management, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and Innsbruck University.

Christian joins Leadership NOW with Dan Pontefract to discuss the relationship between strategy, culture, leadership, job hopping, and hope.

Christian addresses fundamental strategic questions that enable companies to grow, adapt, and consistently beat their competitors. In his book Open Strategy. Mastering Disruption from Outside the C-Suite he explains how companies can craft strategy in a new unconventional way, one tailor-made for today’s faster, more volatile business environment.

His work has been featured thousands of times in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg Business Week, the BBC, amongst others. Christian’s research examines how organizations can achieve sustainable competitive advantage.

He is particularly interested in questions related to 1) learning and innovation, as well as 2) diversification.

In 2021 Thinkers50 shortlisted Christian for the Strategy Award and in 2013 placed him on the Thinkers50 Radar List.

More about Christian Stadler at http://www.christianstadler.org

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Business Lessons From Entrepreneurial and Branding Wizard Mitch Joel

Mitch Joel is Co-Founder of ThinkersOne – a platform that empowers companies with personalized and bite-sized thought leadership from the best thinkers in the world.

Mitch joins Leadership NOW with Dan Pontefract to discuss the new platform amongst all things under the sun of his entrepreneurial and personal branding experience.

He has been called a visionary, digital expert and community leader. He is also an entrepreneur, investor, author, trusted advisor, chronic reader and passionate speaker who connects with people worldwide by sharing his insights on business transformation, innovation and marketing.

Prior to ThinkersOne, Mitch spent close to three decades in the technology and media industry as both an executive and entrepreneur. This included publishing music magazines, launching a record label, building out media sales at one of the first search engines, marketing one of the first mobile content publishing platforms, and eventually building, running and selling his own agency to WPP – one of the world’s most valuable marketing and communications holding companies. In that role, he was President of a global marketing agency operating in 25 countries with close to 3000 employees.

Mitch is also a bestselling business book author. His first book, Six Pixels of Separation named after his successful blog and podcast is a business bestseller. His second book, CTRL ALT Delete was named one of the best business books of 2013 by Amazon.

More about ThinkersOne and Mitch at http://www.thinkersone.com and https://www.mitchjoel.com/

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The Intangible Labs with Nilofer Merchant: Redefining Value Creation Metrics

Renown author, speaker and strategist, Nilofer Merchant, drops by the Leadership NOW show to discuss her latest venture, The Intangible Labs. Launched in partnership with Tim Kastelle, The Intangible Labs offers a new lens, a mathematical model, and related practice so organizations (whether public, private, profit, non-profit, small, and large) can measure and thus tune the actions that create value for all their stakeholders.

As the name suggests, the goal is to create many learning labs while the Intangible Labs will serve as a hub. Over time, insights will be codified into software, usable as an ESG standard. The Intangible Labs: defining the metrics of 21st Century Value Creation.

Nilofer is ranked as one of the top management thinkers in the world by @Thinkers50, as well as HR magazine., Her operating heft as a tech executive (Apple, Autodesk, goLive and more) lends all these big ideas fidelity; she’s been personally involved in shipping over 100 products netting $18 Billion in revenues.

She’s authored three books on how value creation grows in distributed networks through shared purpose. Her most recent is the “Power of Onlyness,” that spot in the world only you stand in, a function of your distinct history and experiences, visions and hopes for which she also landed the notable Future Thinker Award.

The very best companies hire her to inspire and advise. Those who want to do more than manage today but create—or rather co-create—the future.

More about Nilofer Merchant at http://www.nilofermerchant.com or https://theintangiblelabs.com/

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Rising Together with Best-Selling Author Sally Helgesen

Sally Helgesen is an internationally best-selling author, speaker & leadership coach. She has been inducted into the Thinkers 50 Hall of Fame, which honors those whose ideas have shaped the field of leadership.

Sally drops by Leadership NOW with Dan Pontefract to discuss her latest book, “Rising Together: How We Can Bridge Divides and Create a More Inclusive Workplace”

The book offers practical ways to build more inclusive relationships, teams, and workplaces. It soared to Amazon’s number one top-seller in its field.

“Rising Together” builds on Sally’s remarkable success with How Women Rise, co-authored with legendary executive coach Marshall Goldsmith, which examines the behaviors most likely to get in the way of successful women as they move forward in their careers.

More about Sally Helgesen at https://sallyhelgesen.com/

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Author Bill Williams and How to Lead an “Electric Life”

He’s called “Electric Bill” for a reason. Bill Williams is on a mission to shock us out of our static daily routines, known for his unique brand of electrified methodologies for the workplace.

Electric Bill drops by Leadership NOW with Dan Pontefract to discuss his latest book is titled “Electric Life: 12 Microsteps to Pay Attention, Be Brilliant and Go Deep.”

Bill’s honest, succinct, and enthusiastic approach to leadership has inspired and reshaped countless national organizations over the span of thirty years.

His power comes from hearing “No” and reformulating it as “Not Yet.” Bill is the principal and president of the boutique leadership development firm, The B4 Group Inc, and the host for The Art of Leadership Summit and The Art of Leadership for Women.

Visit https://www.billgwilliams.com/ for more information about Bill and his book.

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Artificial Intelligence in the Film Industry with StoryFit’s Monica Landers

Monica Landers is the founder and CEO of StoryFit, a rapidly-growing tech company that provides AI insights for the media and entertainment industry.

Monica drops by Leadership NOW with Dan Pontefract to discuss StoryFit, Artificial Intelligence, the hit HBO show “The Last of Us,” and audience positioning. It’s a fascinating chat.

She has two media technology patents and extensive experience in media, ranging from producing for ABC News and Good Morning America to executive leadership roles at several content companies, including VP Media Innovation at Demand Media.

Monica is deeply involved in Austin’s startup community and serves as an advisor to the Techstars and Comcast accelerators, as well as the universities of Texas, St. Edwards, and Texas State.

Visit https://storyfit.com/ for more information about the company and Monica.

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Discussing Deloitte’s 2023 Global Human Capital Trends with David Mallon

David Mallon is Vice President and Chief Analyst at Deloitte and is market leader for Deloitte’s Insights2Action team.

In this episode of Leadership NOW with Dan Pontefract, David discusses the 2023 Global Human Capital Trends from Deloitte.

David and the Insights2Action team help clients to sense, analyze, and act—with purpose and precision—at the ever shifting intersection of work, workforce, workplace, and industry.

Part of Deloitte since 2013, David is the former Head of Research for Bersin. He brings more than 20 years of experience in human capital and is a sought-after researcher, thought leader, and speaker on organization design, organizational culture, HR, talent, learning, and performance.

Deloitte’s 2023 Global Human Capital Trends survey polled 10,000 business and HR leaders across every industry, with 105 countries participating. The survey data is complemented by interviews with executives from some of today’s leading organizations. These insights shaped the trends in the report.

Visit this link for more information about David and his work at Deloitte.

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Documentarian Samuel Durand and the Future of Work

Samuel Durand is the author and producer of several workplace documentaries. He started to explore the Future of Work in 2019 during a learning expedition.

Samuel drops by Leadership NOW to discuss his new documentary, Time to Work.

Work in Progress (2021) is a documentary exploring recent trends in the world of work. Sam visited experts and people all over Europe who have been reinventing the way we work to find meaning including fully remote companies, freelancers, nomads, makers, creators, collectives, and communities.

The story of the Work in Progress documentary has also been adapted into a comic book. Samuel second documentary, Why do we even work? (2022) explores the different drivers of motivation.

Why do some of us like to go to work? Why do we join one company rather than another? And why do we stay? For what are we willing to exchange our most precious resource, our time?

Samuel breaks down the how, the what, and the why of work.

Visit https://www.wipdocumentary.com/ to get to know Samuel Durand.

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Laura Gassner Otting and Wonderhell – Why Success Doesn’t Feel Like It Should

Laura Gassner Otting is an Author, Catalyst, and Executive Coach who inspires people to push past the doubt and indecision that keep great ideas in limbo by helping audiences think bigger and accept greater challenges that reach beyond their current, limited scope of belief.

LGO, as she is often known, drops by Leadership NOW with Dan Pontefract to discuss her latest book, “Wonderhell: Why Success Doesn’t Feel Like It Should . . . and What to Do About It.”

Laura is the author of Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life (2019), which debuted at #2 on the Washington Post bestseller list, as well as Mission-Driven: Moving from Profit to Purpose (2015).

Laura’s rebellious and entrepreneurial edge has been well-honed over a 25-year career that started when she dropped out of law school to join an unknown southern governor’s presidential campaign and ended up as a Presidential Appointee in Bill Clinton’s White House, where she helped shape AmeriCorps.

In 2015, Laura sold that firm to the team who helped her build it. Since that time, Laura has appeared regularly on Good Morning America and the TODAY Show, and her writing has been seen in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and HR Magazine as she now delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and perspective generated by decades of navigating change across the start-up, corporate, nonprofit, political, as well as philanthropic landscapes to organizations across the world.

Visit https://www.lauragassnerotting.com/about/ to get to know LGO.

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The Four Creativity Personas with Steven Kowalski

Steven Kowalski is an organization development consultant and the author of “Creative Together: Sparking Innovation in the New World of Work.” He has more than 25 years of experience facilitating the creativity of scientists, engineers, business leaders, and professionals across industries to blaze new trails, catalyze creative potential, and deliver real-world innovation.

Steven drops by Leadership NOW with Dan Pontefract to discuss “Creative Together” and the critical importance of creativity as part of organizational culture and leadership styles.

He holds a Ph.D. in adult learning and organizational creativity from UCLA and works for biopharma pioneer Genentech At Genentech, Steven focuses on strategy execution and organizational transformation for Roche’s global Product Development organization.

He has led key HR initiatives including creation of Genentech’s employee Career Center, Work and Career Flexibility philosophy, and development of the Roche Leadership Commitments and competency model.

Visit https://www.stevenkowalski.com/ for more information about Steven Kowalski

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The Utter Nonsense of Corporate Nonsense with Martin Lindstrom

Martin Lindstrom is the founder and chairman of Lindstrom Company, a global branding & culture transformation firm, operating across five continents and more than 30 countries.

He sits down with Dan Pontefract on Leadership NOW to discuss common sense (or the lack of it) in our organizations, in addition to other threads including corporate culture and all things ‘corporate nonsense.’

TIME Magazine has named Lindstrom one of the “World’s 100 Most Influential People,” and for three years running, Thinkers50, has selected Lindstrom to be among the world’s top 50 business thinkers. Among the companies he advises are Burger King, Lowes, Boar’s Head, Beverly Hills Hotels, Pepsi, Nestle and Google. Lindstrom is the author of seven books including several New York Times bestsellers that have been translated into 60 languages.

The Wall-Street Journal praised his book Brand Sense as “one of the five best marketing books ever published,” and his book Small Data as “revolutionary,” and TIME called his book Buyology “a breakthrough in branding.” His latest book is The Ministry of COMMON SENSE: HOW TO ELIMINATE BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE, BAD EXCUSES, AND CORPORATE BS.

Visit https://www.martinlindstrom.com/ for more information about Martin Lindstrom.

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The Networking Strategy of Vala Afshar, Salesforce Chief Digital Evangelist

Vala Afshar is an author, US patent holding inventor, weekly columnist for ZDNET, weekly podcaster, keynote speaker and social media contributor. He is, of course, Chief Digital Evangelist at Salesforce.

Vala drops by the Leadership NOW program with Dan Pontefract where they get into the finer points of life, humanity, and being a good person.

Vala has nearly a million followers on Twitter, generating billions of impressions per year. His LinkedIn account is through the rough awesome as well. He has written over 250 articles since 2020.

His weekly show started in 2016 and is projected to have over 2M viewers this year. He has interviewed over 1,000 senior executives, company founders, bestselling authors and venture capitalists on DisruptTV … including me! Prior to joining Salesforce in 2015, Vala served as the chief marketing officer and chief customer officer in the technology sector at companies like Enterasys Networks and Extreme Networks.

Vala is currently working on a new book called Boundless that will be published in October 2023.

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Influential and Persuasive Leadership with Phil M. Jones

Phil M. Jones is a master of influence and persuasion – the author of the best-selling “Exactly” Book Series with over 1 million copies sold across several books – producer of the “Most Listened To” non-fiction Audiobook of all time – a trusted advisor for some of the world’s biggest brands – and an entrepreneur since the age of 14.

Phil joins Dan Pontefract on Leadership NOW to discuss persuasion and influence and how they can be used internally in one’s leadership style. We get into the effect of persuasion and influence on corporate culture as well.

Phil’s precise insights around communication, added to a proven personal pedigree of peak performance and a richness of real-world experience mean that he is the kind of thought-leader whose counsel is sought by other thought-leaders.

His early career was dynamic and challenging including leading experienced teams of sales professionals through his early twenties, as well as guiding Premier League Football Clubs to maximize sponsorships and licensing agreements, in addition to helping grow an independent real estate business to a revenue in excess of over $240m with a sales team of just five. He went solo in 2008 and ever since more than 800 different industries, across 59 countries and 5 continents have benefitted from his input to understand how their critical conversations and the success language required can maximize their effectiveness.

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AI Needs a Human-First Approach with Tech Humanist Kate O’Neill

Widely known as the “Tech Humanist”, Kate O’Neill is founder and CEO of KO Insights, a strategic advisory firm committed to improving human experience at scale through more meaningful and aligned strategy.

Kate sits down with Dan Pontefract on this episode to discuss the link between technology and our humanity. It’s don’t miss viewing.

Kate is helping humanity prepare for an increasingly tech-driven future and is doing so through her signature strategic optimism. Among her prior roles, she created the first content management role at Netflix, developed Toshiba America‘s first intranet, and founded [meta]marketer, one of the first digital strategy and analytics agencies.

Kate has appeared as an expert tech commentator on BBC, NPR, and a wide variety of international media, and her written insights have been featured in WIRED, CMO.com, and many other outlets. She has worked with global companies such as Google, Etsy and Cisco to optimise the role technology plays in the modern world.

Her books have included “Tech Humanist” and “Pixels and Place,” as well as her latest, “A Future So Bright,” which launched in September 2021.

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Heather McGowan and Leading the Empowered Workforce

Heather E. McGowan is a future-of-work strategist, thought leader, researcher, and author, and is one of the leading voices on the Future of Work.

She sits down on Leadership NOW with Dan Pontefract to discuss her new book, The Empathy Advantage: Leading the Empowered Workforce.

McGowan is a sense maker, a dot connector, a deep thinker, and a pattern matcher who sees things that others miss. Heather gives people the courage and insight that illuminates their path forward.

She’s transforming mindsets and entire organizations around the globe with her message about how the next phase of work will focus on continuous learning and how leadership must shift to guide these expeditions.

Her groundbreaking approach to learning has made employees more fulfilled and innovative, leaders more potent and empathetic, and businesses more effective at reaching their goals in a rapidly evolving market. Her message is never more powerful than when she’s onstage, where her no-nonsense approach creates a fundamental mindset shift across the audience leaving them both transformed in their thinking and clear in their path of action. Visit www.danpontefract.com more more details and information.

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Three Masterclass Public Speaking Tips From TEDx Producer DK

As a Creative Producer, DK works with a wide range of clients ‘crafting delicious learning experiences’ either online, in-studio or in person events. He is the 9yr-ex-TEDxWellington / TEDxWellingtonWomen licensee plus founder of the unique video podcast Creative Welly and the annual Creative Leadership NZ conference.

DK sits down with Dan Pontefract to discuss several intriguing aspects of what makes a great presentation or speech — in person or online.

He’s also a Speaker Coach, working with CEO’s and senior executives plus a random ex-All Black and Dame thrown into the mix. DK delivers internal masterclasses on the topics of ‘purposeful storytelling’ to small leadership groups.

Previously, DK established Collider, a city-wide programme focussed on transforming Wellington into an internationally recognized Smart Capital (with 200 events in 14 months with over 5000 attendees). He also founded Mediasnackers in 2006 and through it has over a decade of working in the social media space consulting / delivering training & consulting on five continents and to a cross-sector range of clients from UNICEF, Gates Foundation, BBC, Ubisoft, Hasbro plus spent time as a social media manager for a national education company in New Zealand.

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Stelio Verzera and the LiquidO™ organizational model

Stelio Verzera is passionately curious and fond of value creation and lean thinking. He is an Entrepreneur, Coach, Consultant and Advisor in different scopes of Innovation.

In this episode of Leadership NOW with Dan Pontefract, Stelio discusses the LiquidO™ model, the Cocoon Project, and even Conway’s Law.

Since 1995 Stelio has been supporting organizations in their understanding and navigation of key evolutionary phases.His agile approach of continuous improvement has led him to learn and apply some of the most effective practices for surfing complexity, both on the strategic and on the operational levels.

In 2011 he co-founded Cocoon Projects and designed its governance model, today known as LiquidO, a completely emergent, adaptive organizational framework.

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DDI Research Director Stephanie Neal: Leader Quality is Tanking

Stephanie Neal is director of DDI’s Center for Analytics and Behavioral Research (CABER) where she manages strategic market research and trend studies on leadership and talent.

She sits down with Dan Pontefract to discuss DDI’s 2023 Global Leadership Forecast, the world’s largest leadership trend research study.

Stephanie works with clients across industries to design and execute analytics initiatives that demonstrate the impact of assessment and development. What is DDI? Founded in 1970, DDI is a leadership consulting firm that offers leadership assessments, consulting courses, development, management services, workshops and more.

The DDI 2023 Global Leadership Forecast spans over 50 countries and 24 industry sectors, the study examines responses from 1,827 human resource professionals and 13,695 leaders from 1,556 organizations.

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Author Tanveer Naseer: Not All Of Us Should Be Leaders (And he’s right!)

Tanveer Naseer is an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker and award-winning leadership writer – and he’s author of the book Leadership Vertigo. He is also the Founder and CEO of Tanveer Naseer Leadership, a leadership corporate training and consulting firm that works with executives and managers to help them develop practical leadership and team-building competencies to drive organizational growth and development.

Tanveer sits down with Dan Pontefract to talk about the current state of leadership in today’s organizations.

Tanveer’s work and writings have been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Inc Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The Economist Executive Education Navigator, CBC Radio Daybreak, Global News, and the Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center.

Tanveer is the recipient of several awards and recognitions as one of the world’s top thinkers in the leadership sphere, including being recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the Top 100 Leadership and Management Experts as well as by Inc. Magazine as one of today’s “100 Great Leadership Speakers”.

Tanveer is the host of the popular and long-running “Leadership Biz Cafe” podcast.

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Designer Ayse Birsel and How to Design the Long Life You Love

Ayse (pronounced Eye-Shay) Birsel is one of the world’s leading industrial designers. She has designed hundreds of products, from toilet seats to office systems to potato peelers to concept cars. You’ve probably held or sat on something she has designed for Herman Miller Knoll, Target or Toyota, among many others. Her work has earned her several nicknames—Queen of Toilets, Queen Bee (for offices), Design Evangelista.

Ayse sits down with Dan Pontefract to discuss her latest book, “DESIGN THE LONG LIFE YOU LOVE: A Step-by-Step Guide to Love, Purpose, Well-Being, and Friendship.”

Interior Design Magazine awarded her Best Of Year Product Designer of 2020. She is one of the Most Creative People In Business according to Fast Company. She was shortlisted among the world’s top 8 coaches by Thinkers50 for Marshall Goldsmith Distinguished Achievement Award for Coaching and Mentoring.

She is recognized as “The #1 Coach for Life Design” She was born in Turkey and came to New York City with a Fulbright scholarship, where she now lives and works.

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Jeanette Bronée: The Issues Of Burnout And What To Do About It

In 2004, after both her parents died of cancer and after 20 years in the fashion business, leading teams to growth and innovation in both Denmark and in the US, Jeanette Bronée decided to leave her career as a burned-out executive and founded Path for Life® to create awareness around how we can do great work, without giving up our health or our joy.

Integrating her business background in marketing, retail management, and team development with her studies in mindfulness, health, and wellbeing, Jeanette helps people reclaim agency over their work and lives by understanding themselves and having the tools to use their mindset to work better for them. In sum,
Jeanette is rethinking self-care in the workplace as the foundation for peak performance, engagement, and a culture where people belong and work better together.

Dan Pontefract sits down with Jeanette on the Leadership NOW show to discuss her new book “The Self-Care Mindset, Rethinking How We Change and Grow, Harness Well-Being and Reclaim Work-Life Quality.” It integrates her 20-year background in business, mindfulness, and health, to deliver the C.A.R.E.-driven framework so we can take charge of our well-being as the foundation for personal and professional growth.

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Sylvie di Giusto and the Image of Leadership

Sylvie di Giusto—the wearer of many hats—helps individuals and organizations explore how people make up their minds very quickly about them or their company and either open the door or slam it shut. She has twenty years of corporate experience holding various senior positions, mainly in human resources, at international organizations ranging from 10 to 100,000 employees.

In this episode of Leadership NOW, Dan Pontefract and Sylvie discuss the importance of brand and image to one’s leadership style and personality.

Sylvie uses her corporate experience and multicultural background to help audiences around the world understand how people make up their minds very quickly about them and either open the door or slam it shut. At the core, Sylvie wants her clients to understand how making an impactful first and lasting impression can help attract and keep customers.

Sylvie is the author of “The Image of Leadership” and the creator of “How You Impress,” an interactive mobile learning platform for professionals and organizations who place great importance on the impression they make.

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Adobe Vice President Hannah Elsakr and the Idea of a Leadership Mosaic

Hannah Elsakr is Vice President of Corporate Development, Direct Investing and M&A Integration at Adobe.

Furthermore, Hannah is also the Board President for the Adobe Foundation, which creates positive change through support for creative and digital literacy, social equity and opportunity, and active engagement in the communities where we live and work.

In this episode of Leadership NOW with Dan Pontefract, Hannah discusses her non-linear career path, the concept of a ‘leadership mosaic,’ and the importance of ‘safe settings’ for team members.

Hannah previously served as Adobe CEO’s Chief of Staff – before leading the company’s corporate development and M&A strategy. She has helped to advance new growth areas for Adobe through acquisitions and post-merger integration of companies such as Workfront, Frame.io, and ContentCal.

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Author Josh Bersin: Will 2023 Be Irresistible At Your Company?

Josh Bersin is an analyst, author, educator, and thought leader focusing on the global talent market and the challenges and trends impacting business workforces around the world. He studies the world of work, HR and leadership practices, and the broad talent technology market. He is often cited as one of the leading HR and workplace industry analysts in the world.

Josh sits down with Dan Pontefract on the Leadership NOW show to discuss a few of the key components from his latest book, “Irresistible: The Seven Secrets of the World’s Most Enduring, Employee-Focused Organizations” and a few 2023 trends.

He founded Bersin & Associates in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning selling the company to Deloitte in 2012. Currently, Bersin is the CEO of The Josh Bersin Company, a research and advisory firm, and dean of the Josh Bersin Academy, the world’s first global development academy for HR and talent professionals at all levels and across all industries. He is committed to providing the relevant research and insights needed by HR and talent professionals to drive success in the modern world of work.

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Management Guru Tom Peters and Extreme Humanism

Tom Peters is the coauthor of “In Search of Excellence”—the book that changed the way the world does business and is often tagged as the best business book ever.

Tom sits down with Dan Pontefract on Leadership NOW and they get into all sorts of trouble, discussing why leaders are uncaring, unsupportive, and short-term thinkers while providing ample suggestions to fix it all.

Twenty books and forty years later, Tom is still at the forefront of the “management guru industry” he single-handedly invented. What’s new? A lot. As CNN said, “While most business gurus milk the same mantra for all it’s worth, the one-man brand called Tom Peters is still reinventing himself.”

His most recent effort with coauthor Nancye Green is Tom Peters’ Compact Guide to Excellence (Ideapress Publishing, Nov 2022). Tom’s tireless focus is on putting people first and developing leaders who stay in intimate touch with the front-liners who do the real work.

Dan was in the audience in London, November 2017, when Tom received the Thinkers50 Lifetime Achievement Award. They got a selfie together, too. And tickle Dan with glee, Tom endorsed Dan’s first book “Flat Army” with one word, Superb! (An exclamation mark, of course.)

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Eric Termuende And Why The Great Resignation Is A Terrible Term

Eric Termuende is a best-selling author who has given over 400 keynote presentations to industry-leading businesses and associations all over the world. He inspires business leaders to prepare for the future of work and make the one-degree shifts that build trust, belonging, and engagement at work.

In this episode of Leadership NOW with Dan Pontefract, Eric and Dan get into the realities of the ‘future of work.’

A life-long entrepreneur, Eric has surveyed and interviewed thousands of employees and leaders in his efforts to put numbers behind the employee experience and understand what separates great teams and leaders from the pack.

He brings a fresh perspective to workplace culture and what it takes to build incredible teams. He is the author of the best-selling book “Rethink Work” and is a brilliant commentator on all aspects of The Future of Work, leadership, and workplace culture.

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How Olympian Sarah Wells Found Resilience Through Quitting

Sarah Wells is an Olympian, Pan American Silver Medalist, and founder of the Believe Initiative.

In this episode of Leadership NOW, Sarah and Dan discuss resilience, pressure, goals, and obstacles.

As a 400m hurdler, Sarah’s Olympian reputation was forged through overcoming challenges and achieving the incredible. Take her debut at the London Olympics in 2012, which came despite an injury that had her sidelined her for months just the year before.

Sarah knows the mindset, grit, and amount of failure that it takes to achieve the highest level. She has worked with organizations such as Salesforce, Deloitte, Proctor and Gamble, Kraft-Heinz, Bell Media, and Google, to help build resilient and inspirational leaders.

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Integrative Thinking and Leadership with IDEO’s Jennifer Riel

Jennifer Riel is IDEO’s global director of strategy. In this role, she collaborates with clients and internal teams to push the edges of creative problem solving, leveraging tools from strategy and design thinking.

In this episode of Leadership NOW, Jennifer and Dan, naturally, discuss integrative thinking, strategy, and the role of empathy in both.

As a strategy advisor, Jennifer has worked across industries and countries, helping organizations and teams to build winning, sustainable and human-centered strategies. Before IDEO, Jennifer spent 13 years at the Rotman School of Management, where she taught undergrads, MBAs, and executives how to think creatively about their toughest challenges.

During this period, she partnered with organizations to help them build their strategic thinking capabilities and transform their teams.

Jennifer is also the author of “Creating Great Choices: A Leader’s Guide to Integrative Thinking” (with Roger L. Martin). The book is a Wall Street Journal bestseller and was shortlisted for Canada’s National Business Book Award.

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The Seismic Shift in Leadership with Dr. Michelle Johnston

Dr. Michelle K. Johnston is the Gaston Chair of Business at Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Business.

Michelle sits down with Dan on Leadership NOW to discuss her book, “The Seismic Shift in Leadership,” as well as all aspects of connection and communication.

Michelle is an executive coach with over 20 years’ experience, and she was named to the prestigious 100 Coaches Group which consists of the top executive coaches around the world.

Michelle has her Ph.D in Communication from Louisiana State University, and her new book, “The Seismic Shift in Leadership” shares what she has learned in her years as an executive coach: primarily that connection drives results and is the key to a leader’s success.

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The Secrets of Marketing Lies In Your Employees with Founder Neil Bedwell

Neil Bedwell is a strategic marketing leader with over 20 years’ experience on both agency and client-side — running work, teams, and businesses in London, Amsterdam, and San Francisco.

Neil joins Dan Pontefract on Leadership NOW to discuss why there is no difference between an employee and a customer. It’s fascinating!

Now a “reformed marketer,” Neil is a Founding Partner at LOCAL, a Change Marketing™ company based in Atlanta bringing consumer-grade agency craft to internal audiences to deliver meaningful organizational change.

The LOCAL team works with a wide variety of Fortune 500 clients including Capital One, Coca-Cola, Republic Services, UPS, P&G, and Kaiser Permanente. Before co-founding LOCAL, Neil led digital strategy and content for Coca-Cola’s Global Content Excellence group.

His work included leadership of the digital program for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, developing new ways to create and publish content in real-time across multiple social channels and managing global digital agency relationships.

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Community Building in the Post-Pandemic Workplace with Author John Baldoni

John Baldoni is an internationally recognized leadership consultant, coach, speaker and author of 15 books on leadership that have been translated into ten languages.

John joins Dan Pontefract on Leadership NOW where they discuss grace, purpose, and other facets of leadership.

John is a much in demand global presenter and keynote speaker and has been for 30+ years. He is also a member of the renowned Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches, a group of executive coaches and thought leaders from the worlds of business, academia and social service.

John is a highly sought after communications consultant and executive coach, where he has had the privilege of working with senior leaders in virtually every industry from pharmaceutical to real estate, packaged goods to automobiles, and finance to health care. John’s coaching helps managers to achieve positive results by focusing on communication, influence, motivation and supervision. John specializes in leadership presence, which he defines as “demonstrating earned authority.” His client list ranges from Fortune 10 companies to nonprofits and he’s won many awards and distinctions.

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How CEO Robert Pasin Established Radio Flyer Inc.’s FUNomenal Culture

Robert Pasin, CEO of Radio Flyer Inc., has embraced innovation and change to elevate the legacy brand synonymous with its little red wagons.

Robert joins Dan Pontefract on Leadership NOW to discuss his leadership style and how it has helped to resurrect the Radio Flyer Inc. company and brand.

Robert heads Radio Flyer Inc., founded in 1917. Radio Flyer is an iconic brand that holds a special place in people’s hearts because it instantly transports them to a happy time — to the best parts of childhood. Robert works with a wonderful group of passionate “Flyers” whose mission is to create products that bring smiles to kids of all ages and to create warm memories that last a lifetime.

Company sales have grown significantly because of Robert’s focus on building a highly committed and creative team. The product line has expanded beyond the iconic Little Red Wagon™ to include tricycles, scooters, and other ride-ons featuring innovative, beautiful, playful design. Stemming from his FUNomenal leadership style, Robert has created a culture of highly motivated, creative team members who are passionate and love what they do.

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DB Bedford and the Critical Importance of Emotional Wellness

DB Bedford is the CEO and founder of iNeverWorry Consulting, a company that specializes in Emotional Intelligence training staff and leadership on how to effectively manage their behavior and make better personal decisions to achieve positive results.

DB sits down with Dan Pontefract on Leadership NOW to discuss his latest book, “30 Days to Emotional Wellness” and all things emotional intelligence.

One of the things that separates DB from his contemporaries is his empirical knowledge gained by growing up on the rough streets of Oakland, California which is a community that is regularly listed as one of the most violent cities in America. As a result of his turbulent upbringing DB ultimately learned how to use Emotional Intelligence to survive and navigate complex social situations.

The authenticity of his background makes him uniquely qualified to administer this extremely multifaceted work. He has taught and trained staff at many of the world’s top corporations and universities such as Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, Arizona State University and Cal State East Bay just to name a few.

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Group Coaching and 2023 Leadership Trends with Glain Roberts-McCabe

Glain Roberts-McCabe is the founder and President of The Roundtable, a company that helps leaders navigate change, disruption and growth by building the mindsets and behaviours that matter most.

Glain sits down with Dan Pontefract to chat about what she thinks are the critical issues that will face leaders and organizations in 2023.

She is a sought-after expert in the field of group coaching, working with executive teams and high potential fast-trackers to make a bigger collective impact. With over 30 years of leadership, business and coaching experience, Glain combines an evidence-based approach with pragmatism. Glain has advised and worked with senior executives and high value leaders globally at some of the world’s most respected brands.

Glain is the author of two Amazon best-selling books: ‘The Grassroots Leadership Revolution’ and ‘Did I Really Sign Up for This’ and writes for The Globe & Mail, HR Reporter, Canadian Manager Magazine and Training & Development Magazine. Her personal mission is to inspire ambitious leaders to connect to their bigger purpose and passion so that they can lead with intention and leave a legacy of good.

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The Responsibility Ethic with Adam Kreek

Adam Kreek is one of North America’s top Executive Business Coaches, who specializes in leadership development, strategic planning and values driven achievement.

He sits down with Dan Pontefract on Leadership NOW to discuss facets from his bestselling book, “The Responsibility Ethic,” which teaches us the how of self-leadership. There are several juicy facets that Dan and Adam get into including values, trust, ethics, and perseverance.

A two-time Olympian, Adam holds 60 international medals, including Olympic Gold, and multiple hall of fame inductions. In 2013, Adam made the first-ever attempt to row unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to America, the subject of the NBC Dateline Documentary, Capsized.

As an Entrepreneur, Adam runs two small corporations – KreekSpeak Business Solutions and Ergo Eco Solutions, a low carbon initiative that connects small businesses with small governments. He is a husband, father of three, and an active volunteer in his community and nationally through his work past and present with various health, youth empowerment and human rights not-for-profit organizations.

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Your Corporate Culture Of Conformity Is A Huge Issue with Terence Mauri

Terence Mauri is a UK-based writer, speaker and mentor: a global expert who helps business leaders innovate, adapt and succeed in the age of disruption in which massive yet hard-to-predict upheavals are expected.

In this Leadership NOW discussion with Dan Pontefract, Terence and Dan discuss the elements of risk, agility, curiosity, and identity as it pertains to culture and the future of work.

Terence is an Inc. Magazine Columnist, Inc. Top 100 Keynote Speaker and author of the best selling book, “The Leader’s Mindset: How To Win In The Age of Disruption.” He is a Professor of Creative Labs at IE Business School, a regular contributor on TV and on radio, and is the founder of Hack Future Lab, a global think tank. Terence holds Thinker in Residence roles at MIT and London Business School and is the author of the global best seller “How To Win In The Age of Disruption” described as a ‘game changer’ by Harvard Business School.

He is one of the most in-demand disruption thinkers in the world, Terence Mauri inspires leaders to thrive in the age of disruption.

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If You Want Purpose, Relationships Are Key with Aaron Hurst

Aaron Hurst is a globally recognized systems entrepreneur who has used the science of purpose to change the way we work and serve. He is the Founder of Imperative, a venture-backed startup offering an enterprise-wide solution for employee connection and team building. Their industry research is incredibly good, too.

Aaron sits down with Dan Pontefract to catch up on all things purpose, but also the importance of relationships and networks. Corporate culture is another thread they delve into.

Widely known for his thought leadership, Aaron is the author of “The Purpose Economy” and a regular advisor and thought partner for many global brands. Aaron is also the founder and an active advisor to the Taproot Foundation where he was the catalyst and lead architect of the $15 billion pro bono service market.

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The Shift to a Skills-Based Organization with Deloitte’s Michael Griffiths

Michael Griffiths is a senior partner, Principal, and Lead in Deloitte’s Workforce Transformation practice; specifically leading Deloitte’s Workforce Development market offerings.

In this episode of Leadership NOW, Michael and Dan Pontefract discuss the shift to a skills-based organization.

There are some fascinating points raised – including what comes first: the chicken, egg, or both? Michael is also the lead for Deloitte’s Human Capital Trends research and report.

Griffiths is well published in the field of learning and talent, and is the leading market voice on becoming a skills-based organization.

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Author Ravin Jesuthasan: Are We Entering The Era Of Work Without Jobs?

Ravin Jesuthasan is a recognized futurist, global thought leader and bestselling author on the future of work and human capital. He has led multiple research efforts on the global workforce, the emerging digital economy, the rise of artificial intelligence and the transformation of work.

Ravin sits down with Dan Pontefract to discuss the shift from jobs to skills.

Ravin is the Global leader of Transformation at Mercer and based in Chicago and has led numerous research projects for the World Economic Forum including its ground-breaking studies; Shaping the Future Implications of Digital Media for Society, Creating a Shared Vision for Talent in the 4th Industrial Revolution and HR 4.0: Shaping People Strategies in the 4th Industrial Revolution. He is a regular participant and presenter at the World Economic Forum’s annual meetings in Davos. Ravin is the bestselling author of some fantastic books including Work Without Jobs, Transformative HR, Lead The Work, and Reinventing Jobs. Ravin is a member of the Thinkers50 Radar class.

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Are We Being Honest at Work with the Super-Cool Ron Carucci

Ron Carucci has a thirty-year track record helping executives tackle challenges of strategy, organization, and leadership — from start-ups to Fortune 10s, non-profits to heads-of-state, turn-arounds to new markets and strategies, overhauling leadership and culture to re-designing for growth. With experience in more than 25 countries on four continents, he helps organizations articulate strategies that lead to accelerated growth, and then designs programs to execute those strategies.

The best-selling author of eight books, including the Amazon #1 “Rising to Power,” Ron sits down with Dan Pontefract to discuss his recently released book, “To Be Honest: Lead with the Power of Truth, Justice and Purpose.”

Ron is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, where Navalent’s work on leadership was named one of 2016’s management ideas that mattered most. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes, and a two-time TEDx speaker. Ron is proud to be a member of the Marshall Goldsmith MG100 coaches community.

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Emotional Intelligence Expert Carolyn Stern

Carolyn Stern is a certified Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Development Expert, professional speaker, and university professor.

In this episode of Leadership NOW with Dan Pontefract, they discuss Carolyn’s new book, “The Emotionally Strong Leader: An Inside-Out Journey to Transformational Leadership.”

Carolyn’s emotional intelligence courses and modules have been adopted by top universities in North America. She has provided comprehensive training programs to business leaders across the continent in highly regarded corporations encompassing industries such as technology, finance, manufacturing, advertising, education, healthcare, government, and foodservice.

Carolyn’s passion is teaching emotional intelligence, leadership, and team building in the workplace. She drives individuals and corporations to learn how to connect authentically, communicate effectively, and thrive collectively by interweaving emotional intelligence along the way.

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Zambian Executive Charity Lumpa on the Meaning of Leadership

Charity Lumpa is an accomplished executive and leader with decades of working experience in the insurance, banking, tourism and telecommunications industries.

She is the founder and managing director of an investment consultancy and a philanthropic foundation, and board chairperson of a leadership company focused on coaching leaders in Africa.

In this Leadership NOW episode with Dan Pontefract, Charity and Dan discuss all things under the sun of leadership, culture, and purpose.

Charity has previously held the positions of Managing Director of the Zambia National Tourism Board, Ecobank Zambia Limited and Airtel Networks Zambia Plc where she was the first female and Zambian to be appointed into the role. Amongst her many achievements is having successfully set up Ecobank Zambia Limited as a greenfield financial institution in 2008 and became its founding Managing Director.

Charity is the first female Board Chairman of Zanaco Plc and of the St. Ignatius College of the Jesuits. She was member of the boards of Air Namibia, Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management, and the project board of the Women’s Bank Zambia Limited.

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World Renown Thinker Roger L. Martin and a New Way to Think

Roger Martin is a trusted strategy advisor to the CEOs of companies worldwide including Procter & Gamble, Lego and Ford. In 2017, he was named the world’s #1 management thinker by Thinkers50, a biannual ranking of the most influential global business thinkers.

In this engaging talk with Dan Pontefract, Roger discusses his newest book, “A New Way to Think: Your Guide to Superior Managerial Effectiveness.”

Roger is a Professor Emeritus at the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto where he served as Dean from 1998-2013, Academic Director of the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship from 2004-2019 and Institute Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute from 2013-2019. In 2013, he was named global Dean of the Year by the leading business school website, Poets & Quants.

He has written twelve other books including When More is Not Better, Creating Great Choices written with Jennifer Riel and Playing to Win written with A.G. Lafley, which won the award for Best Book of 2012-13 by the Thinkers50.

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Tiffani Bova, Salesforce Chief Growth Evangelist Wants a New Employee-Customer Experience Playbook

Tiffani Bova is the Chief Growth Evangelist at Salesforce, and author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book GROWTH IQ. A celebrated keynote and member of the Thinkers50 list, Bova inspires people to think forward, be bold and take action.

In this discussion with Dan Pontefract, the discussion centers around the customer and employee experience: are we getting it right?

Bova was named one of 2020’s Top Virtual Keynote Speaker by Read Write and is a guest on Bloomberg, BNN, Cheddar, MSNBC, and Yahoo Finance, among others. She contributes her thinking to publications including Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Diginomica, Quora, Thrive, Rotman School of Management and Duke Dialogue Review.

Bova’s experience, combined with candor, results in a unique perspective businesses need and people want to increase their GROWTH IQ.

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Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford and Boeing Discusses the Importance of ‘Working Together’

Alan Mulally is the former president and CEO of The Ford Motor Company, serving as its most senior leader between 2006 and 2014.

Before that and for over 30 years, Mulally held roles at Boeing, including executive vice president of the Boeing Company and president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

To say that Mulally has been at the helm of two of America’s most important and prominent brands is wildly understated.

In this discussion with Dan Pontefract, Alan outlines with precision and depth his “Working Together” management system. Alan delves into the various factors that help all stakeholders understand the mission and vision whilst using humanistic traits in which to do so. As an added bonus, Alan details how the “Working Together” system can also serve as a model for your life.

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Arianna Huffington: The Empathy Leader We Should All Aspire To

Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive, the founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of 15 books, including Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In 2016, she launched Thrive, a leading behavior change tech company with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.

She has been named to Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

In this conversation with Dan Pontefract, Arianna discusses the importance of empathy, as well as her two new empathy-based initiatives with SHRM (a mental wellness pledge) and Genesys with the launch of the “Thrive Reset for Genesys” tool to help curb workplace stress.

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Where Are We With The Future Of Work with Kerry Brown

Kerry Brown is a strategist and thought leader on the future of work, change management, learning, workforce adoption, talent and organizational development helping organizations strategize and achieve organizational success and navigate the intersection of people and technology. Kerry has worked in senior roles at firms such as SAP, Coca-Cola, and CSR among others.

Kerry possesses a track record of success leading change efforts, managing businesses and teams, building revenue and leading the creation of new products u0026amp; services through a visionary leadership style. She is a strategic and creative thinker with strong analytical abilities who thrives on a challenge.

Kerry has been recognized by Engagedly as one of its Top 100 HR Influencers. Nowadays she plies her wonderful talents as a leader at Celonis – the world’s first commercial process mining company.

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Understanding Deep Purpose with Harvard’s Dr. Ranjay Gulati

Ranjay Gulati is the Paul R. Lawrence MBA Class of 1942 Professor of Business Administration and the former unit head of the Organizational Behavior Unit at Harvard Business School. He is an expert on leadership in turbulent times, having studied and written about the topic for the past twenty-five years.

Gulati’s latest book, Deep Purpose: The Heart and Soul of High-Performance Companies, shows how companies can embed purpose much more deeply than they currently do, delivering impressive performance benefits that reward customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders, and communities alike.

In this conversation with Dan Pontefract, they discuss key concepts from the book including the four benefits of a deep purpose organization. Professor Gulati holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, a Master’s Degree in Management from M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management, and two Bachelor’s Degrees, in Computer Science and Economics, from Washington State University and St. Stephens College, New Delhi, respectively.

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From Law To Purpose – Why Eloise Skinner Shifted Her Career Entirely And What She Has Learned

Eloise Skinner is an author, teacher, therapist, and the founder of two educational businesses: The Purpose Workshop and One Typical Day.

Eloise was born in East London, studied at Cambridge and trained at Oxford. She started out in corporate law, spent a year training in a monastery community(!) and now focuses on education, social impact and integration by living with intention, integrity and purpose.

Eloise sits on the youth board of the UK’s national social mobility charity, and is an Enterprise Advisor for the Mayor of London’s education careers strategy.

Dan Pontefract sits down with Eloise to discuss not only her work in the purpose space, but how the choices she made with her career—all with a bend towards becoming purpose-driven—have led her to a richer and fuller life.

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Geoff Josey – Taking a One-Year Sabbatical to Find Purpose & Travel the World

With over 27 years’ experience in the advertising, marketing and print industry, Geoff Josey is an overachiever. He has been an account executive, entrepreneur, sales manager, director and business development manager in various organizations, possessing a strong print/digital advertising media skillset.

But Geoff recently had an epiphany. He desired more purpose in his life.

Geoff set sail in early January 2022, taking a one-year professional sabbatical, to find more meaning and purpose in his life. He is literally travelling the world to do so.

As his mom said to him three years ago before passing, “Geoffrey no one ever wishes on their deathbed that if only I had worked harder.”

Geoff set out to sort that bit of his life out. Listen in as he and Dan Pontefract discuss his journey, what he’s learned, and what else is to come with his life. It’s an inspirational and insightful conversation.

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Are We Unhappy Because Of Technology? In Conversation With Dr. Kostadin Kushlev

The general state of society’s unhappiness appears to be growing, and there seems to be no end in sight. One question that continues to cause alarm is whether technology—and the use of smartphones in particular—is the cause of such mounting unhappiness.

Dr. Kostadin Kushlev, an Assistant Professor and Researcher at Georgetown University, investigates how constant connectivity affects societal’s health and well-being. He is the Principle Investigator of the Digital Health and Happiness Lab, aka the Happy Tech Lab.

In this conversation with Dan Pontefract, Kushlev discusses the pros and cons of technology, connectivity, and always being on when it comes to our happiness and well-being.

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Dr. Karl Moore and the Nuances of Generational Leadership

As a professor at the McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management and for +25 years as a Fellow and an Associate Fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford University, Dr. Karl Moore spends a lot of time interacting with the current and future leaders of our world…CEOs and millennials/Zs.

Starting with his Ph.D. Karl has studied CEOs and how they lead and develop strategies. At McGill, he teaches an MBA course, CEO Insights, where 31 CEOs come to join the class for an hour each Fall. This class has also been turned into an hour-long radio show across Canada. The show is called the CEO Series.

His newest and tenth book will be released in early 2023 and is titled Ok Boomers: Working with Millennials and Zs, which studies the way that millennials/Zs act as leaders and the way that managers need to act to create meaningful interactions with millennials/Zs. In this wide-ranging discussion with Dan Pontefract, Karl and Dan get into the nuances of generational leadership.

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Leading to Greatness with Jim Reid

An accomplished executive and trusted advisor to seven CEOs, Jim Reid has navigated significant change and immense pressure to build winning teams that outperform competitors. He has coached, advised and developed thousands of aspiring leaders as CHRO in organizations such as Rogers Communications, Husky Injection Molding Systems and MDS.

Originally trained as a military pilot, Jim built his expertise working alongside some of the best thinkers on leadership including Jim Collins, Jeffrey Pfeffer, John Kotter and Dave Ulrich. Jim was recognized in 2021 as one of the 50 Best Executives in Canada by The Globe u0026amp; Mail’s Report on Business Magazine.

His new book, Leading to Greatness: 5 Principles to Transform Your Leadership and Build Great Teams, contains five core leadership principles for top-level executives who will be primed to take their organizations and teams into the future upon application.

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Céline Schillinger and Dare to Un-Lead

A leadership thinker and practitioner, Céline Schillinger has been recognized multiple times for her innovative engagement initiatives in the corporate world. After a plentiful business career across several continents, Céline now runs her own consultancy, We Need Social and is the author of her first book, Dare to Un-lead: The Art of Relational Leadership in a Fragmented World.

Céline helps organizations and leaders create value through Engagement Leadership: the active mobilization of internal and external stakeholders, at the interplay of technology, management research and living systems thinking.

In this Leadership NOW discussion with Dan Pontefract, Céline and Dan get into the merits of her new book as well as the state of organizational culture and leadership in general.

She was awarded the Medal of the National Order of Merit by the French government in 2017 for her efforts for diversity in the workplace.

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Co-founder and CEO of Go1.com, Andrew Barnes

Andrew Barnes is the co-founder and CEO of GO1.com, one of the world’s largest onboarding, compliance, and professional development platforms.

He is a Rhodes Scholar, has a Masters in Science and Education from Oxford University, and a PhD in Business Strategy from Queensland University.

Go1 is a fascinating company, one that allows companies to upscale their workforce with on-demand training and a dynamic content-driven platform connecting to systems such as Microsoft Teams, Salesforce, Slack, etc.

In this conversation Dan Pontefract discusses with Andrew the state of organizational learning and why companies are choosing Go1. Think of Go1 as a firm acting as a glue that binds the book of various learning offerings and platforms together.

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Co-founder and COO of Learn to Win, Sasha Seymore

Sasha Seymore is the co-founder and COO of Learn to Win, a software platform that unlocks “Last Mile Learning” for organizations.

What is Last Mile Learning? It’s the critical operational knowledge unique to every team. Last Mile training drives 80% of job performance, but it’s unique to every org and can’t be bought off-the-shelf. It lives in your experts’ heads. It’s taught informally – if at all.

Learn to Win’s platform makes it fast and simple for anyone to build a lesson. Their mobile-first platform delivers learning in bite-size chunks that become easy to consume in the flow of work.

The company has clients such as the Pittsburgh Penguins, the U.S. Air Force, Novartis, the Special Olympics and the Carolina Panthers.

As a recovering Chief Learning Officer, Dan Pontefract was fascinated to quiz Sasha on a number of different questions to get to the bottom of how organizations and employees need to ‘learn to win.’

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Mondo Cozmo’s New Album and his Fantastic Sense of Purpose

Mondo Cozmo is the performing name of Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Joshua Ostrander.

His music boasts the bold, expansive sound of the likes of Arcade Fire, Bob Dylan, Beck, and various hip-hop artists.

But his sense of purpose might be what is most remarkable. It’s a lesson for us all.

Mondo Cozmo has just released a fantastic new third album—titled “This is for the Barbarians,” and we discuss not only the album but what drives him as a purpose-fuelled leader including social causes, relationships, and of course, love.

As Ostrander says in our conversation, “Just follow your heart and know that it’s going to lead you to the right place.” Check out our conversation.

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Daniel H. Pink and the Nonsense of Having No Regrets

“No regrets.” You’ve heard people proclaim it as a philosophy of life.

That’s nonsense, even dangerous, says New York Times best-selling author Daniel H. Pink in his latest book, The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward.

Pink sits down with the other dp (Dan Pontefract) and they get into a rollicking conversation on the topic of regret.

Pink discusses his research including American attitudes about regret as well as his own World Regret Survey—which has collected regrets from more than 16,000 people in 105 countries—where he identifies the four core regrets that most people have.

Pink discusses the four regrets arguing they operate as a “photographic negative” of the good life. By understanding what people regret the most, we can understand what they value the most. Tune in and learn more about regret. You can’t live a life with no regrets.

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Altria Vice-President of Communications Megan Witherspoon and the State of Today’s Corporate Culture

Megan Witherspoon serves as Vice President, Communications for Altria. She leads communications and engagement strategies across multiple audiences on behalf of the Altria family of companies in this role.

In her 17 years at Altria, she has held roles across a range of functions: corporate responsibility and community relations; strategy and business development; investor relations; marketing; and, of course, as part of her current executive role, corporate communications.

Witherspoon’s take on the current state of corporate culture is one to appreciate. In this conversation with Dan Pontefract, Witherspoon holds no punches with her take on culture, purpose, flexible work, and what leaders need to do differently in this day and age.

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McDonald’s Managing Director Dan Camp and  Spending 30+ Years in Leadership Roles

Have you ever thought was it was like to work in a single organization for 30+ years? Have you ever considered how cool it might be and what career development greatness might come of it?

Dan Camp has. Since 1988, Dan has worked at McDonald’s in a number of roles including his latest, managing director of McDonald’s for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

In this engaging and full-of-career-goodness discussion between Dan Pontefract and Dan Camp, learn about Dan’s time at Hamburger University, how he got his start, and what he’s learned from a leadership perspective working across multiple different roles in multiple different cities across one of the world’s most iconic brands, McDonald’s.

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Royal Mail Letter Carrier Phil Goddard and the Path to Career Enlightenment

Have you ever considered changing careers altogether? Have you ever thought about making a 180-degree workplace turn? Have you ever shifted from being a longstanding sales account executive in telecom to becoming a Royal Mail Letter Carrier in England?

Phil Goddard has. Phil Goddard did. Phil Goddard now is.

Cambridge, UK-based Phil Goddard is one of those rare examples in life. He stared down a role he was unhappy with and decided to shift his thinking.

Check out this enlightening discussion between Dan Pontefract and Phil Goddard as the latter discusses his 25+ year career in telecom and why he shifted to becoming a Royal Mail letter carrier, sharing what he has learned along the way.

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Psychologist Lee Chambers and the State of Organizations

Lee Chambers is an award-winning British psychologist, coach and entrepreneur.

Featured widely across the media, from the Telegraph to Vogue and the Guardian, and trusted by companies such as Indeed, Reebok, TalkTalk and Oppo Mobile, Lee is the founder of Essentialise, a wellbeing and coaching company, with the ambition of positively impacting the health and happiness of 1 million individuals.

Lee and Dan discuss the current state of organizations, talent, the generations, and what work will look like in a post-pandemic world.

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Dr. Maja Korica and the Problems with Leadership

Dr. Maja Korica is Associate Professor of Management and Organisation at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. Her research focuses on understanding complex and rarely seen organizational settings, particularly at the top of organizational hierarchies, and where public interest is involved. Maja is also on the Thinkers50 radar.

She specializes in corporate governance, accountability and responsibility, as well as executive management and leadership in practice.

Maja and Dan sit down to discuss issues centred on the definition of leadership, workaholism, hustle, ROWE, celebrity entrepreneurs, and a wide range of other management topics. It’s jammed packed with insights, truth bombs, and tips for change.

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Management Thinker Extraordinaire Henry Mintzberg

Henry Mintzberg is a writer and educator, mostly about managing originations, developing managers, and rebalancing societies but he is also an outdoorsman and collector of beaver sculptures. He has authored 20 books, including Managers not MBAs, Simply Managing, and Rebalancing Society.

He has been elected to the Order of Canada and l’Ordre national du Quebec as well as to the Royal Society of Canada and has received twenty-one honorary degrees from universities around the world. He’s also a Hall of Fame member on the Thinkers50.

Henry sits down with Dan Pontefract to discuss an array of topics including Russia, Putin, Ukraine, Shareholder Primacy, communityship, the Business Roundtable, and measurement. The insights are overflowing.

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Mastering Community with Christine Porath

Christine Porath is a tenured professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. She’s the author of Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace and her latest, Mastering Community: The Surprising Ways Coming Together Moves Us from Surviving to Thriving.

In this episode, Christine discusses with Dan Mastering Community and shares some insights of her research including stories about Marriott, Ubuntu, Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics, and more.

If you want to learn about the importance of care, culture, and self-awareness when it comes to communities, check out our conversation.

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Redesigning Work with Lynda Gratton

Professor Lynda Gratton is a global thought-leader on the future of work. Based on thirty years of research into the technological, demographic, cultural and societal trends that are shaping work, and building on what we learnt through our experiences of the global pandemic, Lynda joins Dan Pontefract to discuss her new book, Redesigning Work: How to Transform Your Organization and Make Hybrid Work for Everyone.

In this episode, Lynda discusses her four-step process for hybrid work which includes: 1) Understand the challenges your business is facing 2) Reimagine creative, new approaches and processes 3) Model and Test these within your organization 4) Act and Create based on contemporary, data-led feedback.

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The Joy of Work with Bruce Daisley

Bruce Daisley is a best-selling author and technology leader from the UK. He has become regarded as one of the most respected thought leaders on the subject of workplace culture and the future of work.

He spent 12 years running Twitter in Europe and previously YouTube in the UK.

In this episode, Bruce chats with Dan Pontefract about various aspects of work; what’s going right, what’s going wrong, his views on purpose, employee experience, customer service, and just what to expect in a post-pandemic hybrid work environment.

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The Success Factor with Ruth Gotian

Dr. Ruth Gotian, social scientist and chief learning officer and assistant professor of education in anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, joins Dan Pontefract to discuss her new book, The Success Factor: Developing the Mindset and Skillset for Peak Performance.

In this episode, Ruth chats about the secret sauce of high performers and achievers – something she discovered after spending years researching various successful people in multiple different industries.

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CEO of Goodable, Muhammad Lila

CEO of Goodable, Muhammad Lila, joins Dan Pontefract to discuss how Goodable became the good news news outlet.

In this episode, Muhammad discusses his war zone news correspondent days and how they gave birth to the idea of Goodable.

Muhammad also gets into the purpose of Goodable and how it aims to shake up the news industry itself.

Don’t you want to know more about the power of good news in your life? It really is a good news story.

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Workplace Toxins with Dr. Liane Davey

CThe co-founder of 3Coze and best-selling author, Dr. Liane Davey, joins Dan Pontefract to discuss toxins in the workplace.

In this episode, Liane outlines five key workplace toxins and provides wonderful insights on how they can affect your overall happiness and performance. The toxins are:

• Toxic policies; processes (e.g. scheduling, decision-making, compensation, etc.)

• Toxic culture (the norms – how we as a collective at work behave)

• Toxic bosses and leaders (those who support the team member)

• Toxic co-workers (peers)

• Toxic customers (the firm’s clients)

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Author Dorie Clark Discusses The Long Game

Wall Street Journal best-selling author, Dorie Clark, joins Dan Pontefract to discuss her new book, The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World.

In this podcast, Dorie discusses some clever strategies to not only help you think about your thinking, but she provides some techniques you can implement today.

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Cirque Du Soleil CEO Daniel Lamarre

Chairman of Cirque du Soleil, Daniel Lamarre, joins Dan Pontefract to discuss life at the company as well as his new book, Balancing Acts: Unleashing the Power of Creativity in Your Work and Life.

In this episode, Daniel reveals his thoughts on the importance of gathering creative ideas from employees, diversity, vulnerability, trust, the Beatles, and how the company came back after losing $1 billion overnight once the pandemic hit.

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How To Begin with Michael Bungay Stanier

The founder of Box of Crayons and best-selling author, Michael Bungay Stanier, joins Dan Pontefract to discuss his new book, How To Begin: Start Doing Something That Matters.

In this podcast, Michael not only chats about the book (and some really cool insights into his 9-step goal-setting and completing process) but he gives some free coaching advice to me, Dan Pontefract.

Check it out.

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